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« Reply #4305 on: February 19, 2018, 10:56:48 AM »

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2018/02/devin_mccourty_no_truth_to_malcolm_butler_reports.html

Devin McCourty played defense without Malcolm Butler in the Super Bowl, and now he is coming to the defense of his much-scrutinized teammate as the NFL offseason gets underway.

After playing 97.8 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps during the regular season, Butler did not play any in the loss to the Eagles.

The mysterious decision combined with coach Bill Belichick's tight-lipped approach led to anonymously sourced reports Butler was benched for disciplinary reasons.

Not so, believes McCourty, one of the first members of the Patriots to speak on the subject since the Super Bowl LII postgame locker rooms emptied out.

"As far as I know, all of that is the furthest thing from the truth," McCourty told NJ Advance Media. "We all knew he wasn't starting all week. That wasn't a secret to the guys on the team.

"I get why people are fishing. The guy played 98 percent of the plays. I just hate that for him character-wise going into free agency. It's just not true. As far as I know -- and I was there all week -- not one time did anything come up."

McCourty is a seven-year defensive captain for the Patriots, so he might have been more clued in ahead of time than others. Eric Rowe, who started in place of Butler, and Patriots owner Bob Kraft have claimed to be in the dark.

Butler, who felt like the coaches "gave up" on him, posted a message to social media denying "hurtful" accusations that he went to a concert, missed team curfew and other "ridiculous activities being reported." The note also read like a goodbye to Patriots fans.

"It sucked for him," McCourty said. "He put a lot of time and effort in. However it falls, the last thing you want to do is not play a snap. To me, the worst part was to see all that (anonymous) stuff come out after."

McCourty addressed the situation at a Rutgers-based fundraiser for Tackle Sickle Cell. The charity he founded with his twin brother Jason, a cornerback for the Browns, has netted more than $1 million since inception to help children with sickle cell disease and their families.

The two-time All-Pro was not questioning the game-plan decision made by his coaches, but rather setting the record straight on his personal experience alongside Butler for four seasons.


Record straight.  Butler excuse for losing SB officially dead.
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« Reply #4306 on: February 19, 2018, 11:16:53 AM »

heh

the moron troll still doesn't understand the Butler story.
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« Reply #4307 on: February 19, 2018, 12:01:05 PM »

heh

the moron troll still doesn't understand the Butler story.

Don't know about this "moron troll" to whom you love to allude in order to escape the truth, however, the"Butker story" has always been about how it so quickly became the excuse the Pat's fans used for their team's overwhelming defeat at the hands of Nick Foles.

It's also adds credence to the continuingly emerging  tale of how Little Man Kraft has fucked up his relationship with his HC at the behest of his whiny and needy QB.



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« Reply #4308 on: February 19, 2018, 12:04:59 PM »

its a good thing the moron troll taught home ec to middle-school kids

all he had to do was read a recipe and repeat it.

no thought was required.

its much the way he posts here

he just repeats a story with no thought or analysis to what he posted.

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« Reply #4309 on: February 19, 2018, 01:31:02 PM »



Grow up.
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« Reply #4310 on: February 19, 2018, 01:46:17 PM »

heh

great rebuttal

troll-you didn't understand the Butler story during the game

and 2 weeks after the game you still don't understand it

and you're the only one calling it an excuse.

So once again I called you out for your stupidity and cluelessness

now go make a hard-boiled egg.

if you can

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« Reply #4311 on: February 19, 2018, 01:53:29 PM »

Your display of extreme immaturity is noted once again.


Meanwhile, in preparation for the seasons ahead, what is Boston doing about it's racist reputation?
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« Reply #4312 on: February 19, 2018, 01:56:30 PM »

heh

and once again the troll is exposed, his cluelessness open for all to see

So he changes to a new troll topic.

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« Reply #4313 on: February 19, 2018, 02:11:00 PM »

The Butler story isn't an excuse?

What is it then?

Do you or do you not think you would have won with Butler playing?
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« Reply #4314 on: February 19, 2018, 02:15:55 PM »

The Butler story isn't an excuse?

What is it then?

Do you or do you not think you would have won with Butler playing?

nope, its a question, it was never used as an excuse.

Why a guy who played  close to 99% of the defensive snaps all year, didn't take one defensive snap in the Super Bowl.

and it leads to other questions.

To which, none of the answers make much sense, if you think about it.



To answer your question, I do not know.
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« Reply #4315 on: February 19, 2018, 02:47:04 PM »

From the Boston media only 3 days ago...because they know their audience, and they know that New England still believes they lost to the Eagles because of Butler not being in the game:

...coaching is also about making adjustments. When Eric Rowe was getting roasted by Alshon Jeffery early in the Super Bowl, the Patriots switched Stephon Gilmore to the assignment. Jeffery was quiet for the rest of the night. Likewise, when Richards was hurting the team, and when Bademosi was failing to execute basic fundamentals of the game, the Patriots needed to insert Butler into the game. The game plan had failed, and it was time for a change.


There you go. Excuse secured.

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« Reply #4316 on: February 19, 2018, 02:57:35 PM »

GLS

heh

the troll didn't understand the Butler story when it happened

and still doesn't get it.

and the fact that the rest of the sentient sports world 2nd guessed Belichick's curious SB personnel decisions escapes the troll

but he knows how to copy and paste

but not how to think or question.

go make a hard boiled egg

if you can
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« Reply #4317 on: February 19, 2018, 03:05:13 PM »

Grow up. You lost. Handle it. Whiner.
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« Reply #4318 on: February 19, 2018, 03:13:27 PM »

heh

you were made to look like an idiot again

SSDD

you had no idea about the Butler story when it happened, and only got a sniff when all of sports media got into it and 2nd guessed BB's very curious SB personnel decisions.

and you were still stumped by it.

just like you're stumped by the mystery of hard-boiling an egg.

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« Reply #4319 on: February 19, 2018, 03:15:27 PM »

Ronnie Harmon fumbled 4 times in the Rose Bowl.

Had they just benched him..........
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